Brandon Miller’s freshman season at Alabama was impressive in every way; he led the best team in the nation on the offensive end (18.8 points per game) and flashed his exceptional three-level scoring ability (43/38/86 shooting split.) Miller even bought in on the defensive end, too, allowing Alabama to boast one of the best defenses (third in adjusted defensive efficiency) in the nation. Check out below for Miller’s strengths, weaknesses, measurements, best NBA player comparison, and most ideal team fit. Other scouting reports can quickly be found on the Lineups 2023 Big Board or Final Mock Draft as well.
Brandon Miller Scouting Report
In a draft class that featured Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson, it was almost unthinkable that a third player could impress and project to the level of those two future All-Stars. Enter Brandon Miller. Miller’s vast array of talents, especially on the offensive end, have made him a top-five lock; he could even get drafted ahead of Henderson if Charlotte decides to select him with the second overall pick. Take a look at Miller’s impressive measurements below and a compilation of his best highlights from this past season at Alabama.
Weight: 200 lbs
Position: Small Forward
College/ Professional Team: Alabama
Strengths: Miller outperformed even the most optimistic expectations in his freshman season at Alabama, and his exceptional offensive skillset is a big reason why that was the case. Miller is a three-level scorer who projects as a potential future 50/40/90 shooter on significant volume. Further, few non-guards in this draft can handle the ball even remotely as well as Miller can. His defensive fit at Alabama was fantastic, too, as he helped the Crimson Tide build one of the best defenses in the nation. Miller could have been a No. 1 overall pick in several drafts over the past ten years.
Weaknesses: Miller does not boast a ton of weaknesses; it is difficult to complain about a versatile, 6-foot-9 scoring forward who plays defense and has above-average athleticism, especially for his size. However, one area that Miller can continue to improve on that can take him from a borderline All-Star in his first few years to a potential All-NBA-caliber player is his craftiness around the rim. Miller dispelled most concerns about his scoring inside the paint, but if he can find a few more crafty counters and finishes in the interior, specifically off of dribble drives, he will be virtually unstoppable offensively. The only other area of concern for Miller is maturity; he was involved in a horrible tragedy earlier in the season when a former teammate shot and killed a young girl. Miller’s role in the event was at least significant enough that it caused distractions for the remainder of the season, even though Alabama as a team did not falter until the NCAA Tournament.
Brandon Miller Stats
Brandon Miller NBA Comparison: Paul George
Some prospects never have a strong NBA comparison, but Miller’s is fairly recognizable: Paul George. Miller has similar measurements (6-foot-9) and athletic fluidity as George while projecting as a clear primary offensive weapon who can do a bit of everything. Miller and George also boast smooth mechanics in their shots, whether it is off of a catch or off of the dribble. Further, Miller’s defensive upside could mirror George, as he can be switchable for several different positions.
Brandon Miller Highlights
Miller’s highlight reel speaks for itself; he is a crafty, uber-athletic forward boasting great size, fluid shot mechanics, and the type of handle that will undoubtedly make him a primary scoring option at the NBA level in the near future. From one-handed punch dunks in transition to exceptional half-court passing vision, Miller is one of three surefire All-Stars in this draft.
Brandon Miller NBA Draft Ranking, Team Fit, Landing Spot
Draft Ranking: 3
Team Fit: Charlotte is the team that will likely draft Miller and also happens to be the best fit for him. Miller will fit alongside LaMelo Ball extremely well in both a catch-and-shoot capacity and as a secondary playmaker; however, Miller’s talent level could see him become the main offensive threat in just a year or two. The Hornets would have loved to grab Victor Wembanyama with the first pick if they had gotten it, but Miller is still a phenomenal talent.
Landing Spot: Charlotte. Unless there is an unexpected trade from a team looking to do anything to move up into the top three, Miller will almost certainly land with the Charlotte Hornets, who hold the second overall pick. With Scoot Henderson not being a super ideal fit next to LaMelo Ball in Charlotte and Miller checking all of the Hornets’ boxes for a star to play alongside Ball, the smart move here would be to draft Miller and not look back.